Our Constitution


We, the brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi, believe that service to the college or university band program fosters responsibility, loyalty, and leadership; that a spirit of brotherhood is enhanced by the participation in a band program; that music is a universal language and truly the greatest of the arts; and that through fraternal participation, each member will strive for the highest.


Be it known that Kappa Kappa Psi, national honorary fraternity for college bandmembers, is an organization operating exclusively in the field of the college and university bands, and for the following several purposes:

  1. To promote the existence and welfare of the college and university bands and to cultivate at large a wholesome respect for their activities and achievements.
  2. To honor outstanding bandmembers through privilege of membership extended as a reward for technical achievement and appreciation for the best in music.
  3. To stimulate campus leadership and promulgate an uncompromising respect through the medium of the college band for gracious conduct, good taste, and unswerving loyalty.
  4. To foster a close relationship between college bands and promote a high average of attainment by the performance of good music and selection of worthwhile projects.
  5. To provide a pleasant and helpful social experience for all engaged in college band work and to cooperate with other musical organizations in any manner consistent with the purposes of the institution at which chapters are located.

Mission Statement

Kappa Kappa Psi is a fraternal organization that promotes the advancement of college and university bands through dedicated service and support to bands, comprehensive education, leadership opportunities, and recognition, for the benefit of its members and society.

Vision Statement

With a dedicated spirit of unity and cooperation, we are unequivocally committed to become the world standard of excellence for band fraternal organizations.

Kappa Kappa Psi Code of Conduct

Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi are looked to as role models and leaders by other members in the band and on campus. We can never know who is watching our actions or who will be affected by our deeds. It is therefore essential that we present positive qualities at all times. Being a Brother is not a part time commitment. As such, the example we set should shine constantly to inspire others. The following qualities define Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi. These qualities described Bohumil Makovsky, our Guiding Spirit. By following Boh’s example, we will teach and inspire others, as he taught and inspired our Founding Fathers.


Brothers should conduct themselves with honor at all times. Our service to college and university bands serves as an example to others. We should take pride in these accomplishments and not let anything tarnish our honorable reputation.


The character of our brotherhood is based upon the principles of decency and sincerity. Our impeccable integrity lets others know we can always be trusted to keep our word.


Respect for others is a cornerstone of Kappa Kappa Psi. Our diverse membership is an asset that cannot be taken for granted. Using this strength to our advantage requires respect for others and their points of view. In return, we earn the respect from others by treating them as equals.


Service to band programs and the Fraternity require people who are devoted to those organizations. Working together is the key to achieving our goals. Being loyal and dependable is therefore essential to our success.

Joint Statement of Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

We believe that there are important roles for both Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha to fill on the many campuses where chapters of the two organizations now exist or will exist in the foreseeable future.  We discourage mutual exclusivity of membership and disavow the existence of any interpretation of national policy requiring such exclusivity within either organization.

We believe that each group must recognize its own inherent inability to fill the other’s role yet acknowledge in each other an undeniable similarity of purposes.  Such awareness leads to the fostering of mutual cooperation and, we believe, will aid in the attainment of our respective goals.

Joint Statement of Kappa Kappa Psi, Tau Beta Sigma, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

We firmly believe that there are equally important roles for Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha Iota, Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma to fulfill on any campus where our chapters mutually exist, now or in the future.  Each organization possesses a distinct mission and, as a result, fulfills a unique and vital role in the musical environment of a college campus.  It is not acceptable for any of our organizations’ members, chapters, or local leaders to take actions that would inhibit the creation or success of any of these organizations at any campus.  We believe it is important that the members of our organizations recognize and respect each group’s purpose, rich history, and valued place in the framework of colleges and universities throughout the country.  Furthermore, we expect our members to demonstrate their respect for each other through genuine friendships and honest cooperation to further the advancement of music and the success of our respective goals.

Joint membership in more than one of our organizations is permissible, subject to only two simple requirements: 1) the single-gender membership of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia and Sigma Alpha Iota, and 2) the prohibition of joint, Active membership in both Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma.  A member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia or Sigma Alpha Iota can hold simultaneous membership in Kappa Kappa Psi or Tau Beta Sigma, subject to his/her own interests and the eligibility requirements of the other organizations.  The same holds true for a member of Kappa Kappa Psi or Tau Beta Sigma with regard to membership in Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia or Sigma Alpha Iota.

The national leaders of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Sigma Alpha Iota, Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma expect that all members will work to maintain a consistently positive inter-fraternal spirit.  We encourage all of our members to honor this commitment as each of our organizations seeks to provide an excellent fraternal experience.

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